Surname query Romania/Hungary #hungary #romania

Judith Conway

Hello folks,
I just finished watching Dr. Sacks Zoom lecture and am looking for the place to submit questions on JewishGen per her suggestion. 
I am looking for help in understanding our surname Hans/Hancz/Hantz from Kretchinev and Sighet.
From my research I have come to the conclusion that it is not a Jewish name at all. The farthest I can go back in my research is to 1750. 
The only Jewish people that I know with the name Hans are my own relatives.
The family story goes that once upon a time there was a man named Hans and when it was time for him to add on or choose  a surname he just said I will be Hans Hans!
Another part of this story that many of my cousins know is that they were all told over several generations that we came from Spain. 
This is borne out perhaps in the percentage of Iberian DNA that I and relatives have so I believe the story is true as do many of my cousins.
So at this point my two questions are what kind of a Jewish surname is Hans??
 And the second question is how can I ever trace back to Spain via Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and then Spain or Portugal? LOL
Anyway, I would be grateful if you could either pass this along to someone who might be able to help me, or respond and let me know where is the proper place to address my questions. 
Thank you so much for all that you do. 
My best, 

Peninah Zilberman

Dear Judith,


Both Kretchinef and Sighet were part of the Austrian – Hungarian Empires, in the Marmaures Region.

Hans being a Germanic name , your ancestors must have come from Austria

Or maybe a man from Austria ( A match- Sheduhe) came to marry  a women  in Maramures Region  

Your other question don’t know how to resolve it.

Good Luck



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C Chaykin

My family is from Iasi, Romania, In the 19th century, they used patronymics as surnames, e.g. Isaac son of Abraham, Jacob son of Isaac. Perhaps occasionally, the "son of" part was dropped.
Good luck!
C Chaykin, New York 

Vivian Kahn

A very unscientific search of the surname HANS on Family Search showed that the name is particularly common in Germany and Scandanavia. However, it's not that unusual in Hungary. Not surprising since a large number of Hungarian Jews immigrated to Hungary from Austria, Bohemia, and Moravia in the mid- to late 18th century. Coincidentally, I also have HANS/HANZ from Sziget and Karacsonfalva, Maramaros in my tree.
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia


My family name is Hantz and they came from Hungary and were Jewish. I have been hitting roadblocks in my research. A huge dead end.